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dis•tin•guish /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. [+ object + from + object] to mark off as different;
    show a difference:His height distinguishes him from the other boys.
  2. to recognize as distinct or different: [+ between + object]I couldn't distinguish between some of the French vowels.[+ object + from + object]Can you distinguish right from wrong?
  3. [+ object] to perceive or sense clearly by the senses; recognize:Without my glasses I can't distinguish certain signs on the road.
  4. [+ object] to set apart as different;
    characterize:Her Italian accent distinguishes her.
  5. [+ oneself] to make prominent or eminent:He distinguished himself in the arts.
dis•tin•guish•a•ble, adj. See -stin-.

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distinguish /dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. when intr, followed by between or among: to make, show, or recognize a difference or differences (between or among); differentiate (between)
  2. to be a distinctive feature of; characterize
  3. to make out; perceive
  4. to mark for a special honour or title
  5. to make (oneself) noteworthy
  6. to classify; categorize
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin distinguere to separate, discriminate

disˈtinguishable adj disˈtinguishing adj

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